Cycling Stories

1-Minute Video Story: Chuck Wagon to Mescal Loop

January 22, 2020


1-Minute Video Story: Chuck Wagon to Mescal Loop

After getting my butt whipped hike-a-biking a good portion of Templeton Trail in Sedona, AZ, I chose a tamer –but no less magical — route along Chuck Wagon and Mescal.

Parking was a bit of a challenge at the Dry Creek Trailhead, and being so close to the road, Chuck Wagon heading north was busy for the first mile-and-a-half or so. After turning northeast, though, things cleared out and I mostly had the trail to myself.

Chuck Wagon makes a horsehoe-shape, eventually winding back around to Mescal south, connecting back up with itself, and dumping you back into the parking lot.

Overall, the route delivered tons of scenery (difficult to avoid in Sedona) and great flow, and was super easy to follow. A total of 9.4 miles, 800+ of elevation gain, and just shy of 1.5 hours’ ride time.

Highly recommended if you’re in the area!

Derek has more than two decades of experience as a cyclist, and is the founder of TreadBikely. He currently travels full-time with his family via RV, enjoying the country's best biking destinations. A secular Buddhist, Derek frequently explores the intersection of cycling, mindfulness, and compassion in his writing. #rolloutblissout
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